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How to Fulfill the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement

Find out how to meet the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement.

Facts about the UC Writing Requirement:

  • Undergraduate students must demonstrate a proficiency in English Composition.
  • If you do not fulfill the requirement before starting classes at UCSD, you will not be able to enroll in university-level writing classes.

Submit a score or grade that meets the writing requirement:

Meet the writing requirement by submitting to the Admissions Office a minimum score/ grade of:

  • 30 or better on ACT Combined English/ Writing Exam
  • 680 on the SAT Reasoning Test, Writing section
  • 3 on an AP test in English
  • 5 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English A exam
  • 6 on the International Baccalaureate Standard Level English A exam
  • C in a UC transferable (four- quarter or three-semester unit) English composition class

Note: If you submitted a score or grade before you applied to UCSD, your score was not matched to your application. Resend your score to the Admissions Office.

If you can't submit a score before the exam date:

Take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam.

Note: If you fulfilled the writing requirement, but receive a notice to take the exam in the mail, disregard the letter.

  1. Receive an exam ticket and exam information by e-mail.
  2. Pay the exam fee online.
  3. On the day of the exam, bring:
    • Photo ID (preferably with a signature)
    • Black ink pen
    • Admission ticket (sent to you by mail)
  4. You will receive your exam evaluation one month after the exam.
  5. If you don't take the test, you must take another exam before Fall Quarter. Your college* will send you test information during the summer.

* Muir and Warren students who don't fulfill the requirement can register for any class except freshman writing at orientation. Revelle, Marshall and Roosevelt students don't need to fulfill the requirement before orientation.

If you don't pass the Analytical Writing Placement Exam:

Show proficiency through class work.

If you have questions:

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